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The Notre Dame throws group has shown dramatic growth during the past four years, due in no small part to the presence of B.J. Linnenbrink on the Irish coaching staff.

One of the top young track & field throws coaches in the country, Linnenbrink is in his fifth season at Notre Dame. Since joining the Irish program just after the beginning of the 2002-03 season, Linnenbrink has coached 13 all-BIG EAST Conference selections, including 2005 BIG EAST hammer throw champion Chip Roberts, and he has been a part of five BIG EAST Coaching Staffs of the Year (men's indoor - 2003, 2005; men's outdoor - 2003, 2006; women's indoor - 2006).

Linnenbrink also has seen his Irish throwers advance to the NCAA Mideast Regional 11 times in the past four seasons, with two qualifying for USATF competition (javelin throwers Derek Goguen in '03 [juniors], and Laura Huarte in '06). In addition, the Notre Dame top 10 lists in virtually every throwing event have been radically altered in recent years, with Linnenbrink's pupils currently holding down nine top-10 efforts on the men's side and a staggering 26 top-10 performances on the women's side.

Included in that count are two school records, with Huarte's javelin toss of 47.00m (154-2) at the '06 Mount SAC Relays, highlighting a season that saw Huarte register the top four javelin marks in school history. Huarte finished with five of Notre Dame's top 10 all-time javelin throws, following in the footsteps of Kate Duman, who has the other five top-10 marks for the Irish, including the former school record (43.56m, 142-11) before Huarte surged into the top spot.

The other school record holder to emerge in '06 was hammer thrower Kyle Annen. With Linnenbrink providing expert guidance, Annen improved his personal best by more than 18 feet during the course of the season, topping out with a Notre Dame-record toss of 201-8 (61.46m) en route to a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championship (leading to his second consecutive all-conference citation).

As it turned out, the Irish men's throwers proved to be the difference in Notre Dame's comeback victory at the '06 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship. In addition to Annen's heave, classmate Garet Koxlien uncorked a career-best throw of 57.35m (188-2) that was not only the eighth-longest in school history, but also locked up third-place (and all-BIG EAST) honors. The tandem of Annen and Koxlien wound up collecting 14 vital team points that sealed Notre Dame's fourth BIG EAST men's outdoor title (and third in the past four years).

A former NCAA and USATF championship qualifier in the weight throw at Florida State, Linnenbrink owns the FSU school record in the weight throw (20.91m, 68-7 1/4) and ranks among the top 10 in Seminoles' history in the hammer throw (59.48m, 195-2). He earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in '02 as well.

Before his successful two-year stint at Florida State, Linnenbrink dominated at the junior college level, earning two NJCAA All-America honors at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. In his two years at Johnson County, Linnenbrink also collected seven all-Jayhawk East Conference awards.

Linnenbrink graduated from Florida State in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. In '06, he earned his master of science degree in physical education from Emporia State. Linnenbrink and his wife, the former Monica Hardy, were married July 31, 2004.

B.J. Linnenbrink
B.J.  Linnenbrink

Position:
Assistant Coach - Throws

Alma Mater:
Florida State '02

Event Calendar

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February 5
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Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
RECAP
February 6
NTS
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
RECAP
February 12
All Day
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio
February 12
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 13
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 13
All Day
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio
February 20
10:00 AM
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 25
All Day
ACC Indoor Championships
Boston, Mass.
February 26
All Day
ACC Indoor Championships
Boston, Mass.
February 27
All Day
ACC Indoor Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 11
All Day
NCAA Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Ala.
March 12
All Day
NCAA Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Ala.
March 18
All Day
Shamrock Invitational
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
March 19
All Day
Shamrock Invitational
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
March 25
3:00 PM
Yellow Jacket Invitational
Atlanta, Ga.
March 25
All Day
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C.
March 26
10:00 AM
Yellow Jacket Invitational
Atlanta, Ga.
March 26
All Day
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C.
April 1
All Day
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif.
April 2
All Day
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif.
April 8
TBA
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz.
April 9
TBA
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz.
April 16
12:00 PM
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Louisville, Ky.
April 22
TBA
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
April 23
TBA
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
April 28
TBA
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
TBA
Drake Relays
Des Moines, Iowa
April 29
TBA
Drake Relays
Des Moines, Iowa
April 29
TBA
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 30
TBA
Drake Relays
Des Moines, Iowa
April 30
TBA
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
May 6
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind.
May 14
All Day
ACC Outdoor Championships
Tallahassee, Fla.
May 15
All Day
ACC Outdoor Championships
Tallahassee, Fla.
May 16
All Day
ACC Outdoor Championships
Tallahassee, Fla.
May 26
TBA
NCAA East Regional
Jacksonville, Fla.
May 27
TBA
NCAA East Regional
Jacksonville, Fla.
May 28
TBA
NCAA East Regional
Jacksonville, Fla.
June 8
TBA
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
June 9
TBA
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
June 10
TBA
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
June 11
TBA
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.

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